WSC 2012: Ronnie O’Sullivan 9-3 Mark Williams

Originally featured on the Official World Snooker website, produced as part of a work-experience placement in April 2012.

The three-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was on top form this afternoon as he raced into a  9-3 lead over Welshman Mark Williams in the penultimate session of their second round encounter.

O’Sullivan bossed the game from start to finish began and he took the first two frames like the Rocket of old, notching up breaks of 107 and 74 respectively and stormed into a 7-3 lead. Despite a good response by Williams in the third frame, he failed to make the most of the opportunity and his miss on a tight red resulted in Ronnie taking to the table and clearing up. The Rocket then went on to take the fourth frame in a comfortable fashion with a break of 68, his third 50+ break of today’s session.

The second part of the game began where the first part left off with O’Sullivan dominating once again, producing an array of wonderful shots and ending the fifth frame with a break of 128, and it was a similar story in the 6th frame of the game. O’Sullivan was 9 points adrift of a century break and it looked increasingly likely ghag he would complete a whitewash, after winning 6 out of a possible 6 frames. However a Williams comeback could never be ruled out given an opportunity, and in the 7th frame, following a missed pink into the middle pocket, Williams took to the table and responded with an 86 break of his own. In a scrappy final frame, both players then struggled to show the form they’re capable of, but it was Williams who took the final frame after O’Sullivan’s  mistake on the brown allowed Williams to clear up, giving him a glimmer of hope with the score at 11-5 before tomorrow’s final session.

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